A thief hiding from his pursuers makes a wish that time would stand still. After he succeeds in evading his pursuers, he comes upon a town where the people appear to be frozen and he thinks this is due to his wish, until he hears a plane. He goes outside to look at the plane and notices a sign reading 'atom city' and recalls reading an article in the paper about a mock city constructed by scientists in order to gauge the devastation of the atom bomb and realizes that the people he saw must be dummies. He looks up at the plane, and sees a small object drop from the bombbay doors.
A man's family disappears one evening and a stranger explains to the town sheriff that they are from another dimension waiting for a lightning bolt of sufficient strength to send them all back to their home dimension. The sheriff thinks the story is nonsense but suddenly a powerful lightning bolt flashes and both the stranger and the man have disappeared as well.